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Initial post: Oct 15, 2012 6:43:42 PM PDT
Ron Beall says:
I have pre-ordered the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE with case. But I am wondering if there will be a similar case with a built-in keyboard. Does anyone know if such a product will be available sometime soon?

Thanks, Ron

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 6:52:07 PM PDT
This Lady says:
I've been looking at this one. Ionic Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Stand Leather Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Kindle Fire HD Tablet (Black Brown)[Doesn't fit Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch]

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 6:59:09 PM PDT
pjf says:
I was looking at that too. Oddly it does not actually say it includes the keyboard.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 7:01:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2012 7:05:24 PM PDT
This Lady says:
That's what stalled me until I read the description further down. It says it has a rigid keyboard, but then talks about the Galaxy tab.

Here's a red/white one. Ionic Bluetooth Keyboard Tablet Stand Leather Case for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Kindle Fire HD Tablet (White Red)[Doesn't fit Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch]

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 7:24:48 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Personally I would wait until the release date gets closer. There have been a few reports of Fire HD owners having problems using Bluetooth keyboards. A few say that keystrokes repeat themselves such as thisssssss. Still being investigated and perhaps a list of known good keyboards will be released. You have at least a month to order one. Glenn

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 7:26:28 PM PDT
pjf says:
Yes, the text about the Nexus tablet is kind of off putting. I haven't bought any kind of case yet for my 8.9 inch Fire HD, sans or with keyboard. But I'm not right now in a huge rush. I figure there will be more than one vendor selling the case/keyboard combos as we get closer to release day. The price is certainly competitive on these two, but I'm sure there will be other vendor models soon to choose from.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 7:42:36 PM PDT
This Lady says:
We're all probably in the same boat. I have covers for my KK and original Fire, and while there are nice covers ready to order for the 8.9, I'd really like to have this type of all-in-one for the LTE. The price is very attractive... but there's that hesitant feeling with this particular cover. I agree on waiting.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 2:12:49 PM PDT
NG says:
I thought about this because I really want to type on a keyboard with my fire. The problem is that I don't want any extra weight "hitting me on the nose" (another thread) when I doze off. I looked at all the scenarios for a using a keyboard and experiences with other tablets with keyboards.

I've concluded I want it to be "lapable" which means either a folio (such as those others have recommended above) or a keyboard that holds the tablet, such as several that hold iPads.

I am going to order the one below from Amazon, once I am within 30 days of receipt of my Fire 8.9 (I want to make sure I can return it if it doesn't work.) From specs of the Fire and its cover, specs of other tablets (e.g. Toshiba Thrive) that fit in it, The Fire 8.9 SHOULD fit, (at least horitzonally) while in the Amazon cover.

Good luck.

New Trent iShuffle Multifunctional WirelessTouch Pad Bluetooth keyboard & stand for Apple the NEW iPad, iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, ASUS Transformer, HTC player, Motorola Xoom and compatible Android and windows OS Tablets & PC (the only keyboard with a ...

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 11:36:07 AM PDT
There is a site i found on google that talks about bluetooth keyboards for the KFHD, i think it was www.kindlefirekeyboards.com or something, google it to be sure....I bought one i saw on there and it works great!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 2:00:19 PM PDT
Thanks Greg. I will check Google out. Have tried Brookstone, but they only have keyboard covers for larger tablets. Thanks again for your help.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 6:12:17 PM PDT
NG says:
Inside the 30 day window so I ordered the New Trent Multifunction Keyboard. Came in today. My old Fire fits in it in the cover, so I have no doubt the 8.9 will. The android keys are well marked and clear. Keyboard is very comfortable

Seems ideal for lap typing with the Fire 8.9. If it works as well as the reviews indicate for other android tablets, I think it will be perfect.

I really didn't want a keyboard attached folio fashion when I am reading, but I wanted to type notebook manner on the couch.

Going to be able to use the same charger for the keyboard and the Fire, so it knocks a laptop out of my travelling gear (if it works) and saves me about 4 pounds. Pretty cool.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 5:15:24 PM PDT
tilzey says:
NG,
How are you liking the Ne Trent keyboard, re: response time, feel, options, size, weight?
Have you figured out a tidy way to transport the Fire 8.9 and keyboard together?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:13:30 AM PST
luvamazon says:
Amazon has really dropped the ball on their release of the Kindle Fired HD 8.9" product. I received mine on Monday and have barely used it. The covers are overpriced and there are only 2 available with a keyboard. Both of which are not attractive or useful for reading. The tab closure gets in the way when you read as I know from my original Kindle cover. There are only approximately 36 accessories available for this product. WOW!! I would think their marketing department would have planned for this way better than that!! I'm very disappointed as I love Amazon and purchase often from them. Not even outside vendors have anything working to provide accessories for the Kindle 8.9". I know because I have contacted several. Hopefully, they can swiftly make up for this as Apple is kicking their butt with accessories. I won't be trading mine for an Apple though as they are too proprietary and I do not like Apple products.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 7:40:07 AM PST
NG says:
Sandra,

It fits really well. I have not finished importing my bookmarks and syncing the keyboard comes next. I don't want to have to carry them together when I am not using them together so I put it in a baggie with the charge cable and tossed it in the suitcase (going to the kids for turkey.). Hope to test it this afternoon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:50:39 PM PST
NG says:
Sandra

New Trent Keyboard works great. Haven't tried the touchpad yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:00:41 PM PST
tilzey says:
Thank you for the great feedback. Very helpful to me.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:10:57 PM PST
tilzey says:
Another question to those of you who have received the new Fire 8.9.
Can we do productivity work of various documents, like we can with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.?
I don't mean use of those specific MS products, but compatible programs?
Also, is it possible to upload videos to Youtube from the Fire 8.9?

Has anyone used the the 4G capacity with the same Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:55:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 9:56:10 PM PST
oogles says:
Sandra,

I just downloaded the app Kingsoft Office (English) for Android on my Kindle HD 8.9. The app allows you to create documents compatible with MS (doc, docx, ppt, ppx, xls) and save to cloud storage. Seems very easy to use.

Haven't tried uploading to Youtube.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 10:02:05 PM PST
Captain says:
Take one Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and add one keyboard case and you've got a netbook!

Of course, the netbook is only $200 and has 320 GB. But still.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 10:24:45 PM PST
tilzey says:
@captain,
I have a great Lenova ThinkPad that I'm giving to my husband because his desktop has died.
I'm trying to decide if I really need to replace my laptop with another one (going to a small one, like 12" to 14"), or a netbook, or just use my new Fire 8.9 for basic productivity.
I already have an excellent desktop for heavy-duty work, so my questions are based on my "do I or don't I" replace the Lenova, or expect to have the new Fire, with keyboard, work well for simple document productivity.
Thanks for your ideas.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 10:26:02 PM PST
tilzey says:
Thank you, oogles, your feedback is very helpful!

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:36:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 5:39:03 AM PST
NG says:
Sandra
Look at the lenovo lynx. Lightest w8 full 11.6 tablet. The new atom is out performing some I3/5w8 tablets in some recent tests. Keyboard got top marks. Transformer like. I'm torn between it and one of the sliders.

p.s. 8.9 4g Fire works great with New Trent keyboard but I find I still need a laptop pc. may ditch the desktop.

http://mobile.theverge.com/2012/9/2/3287240/windows-tablets-ultimate-spec-comparison

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:12:34 AM PST
tilzey says:
Thanks, NG. Great info.
Question: Aside from the Prime program for movies/programs, why the Kindle Fire 8.9 vs other tablets?
The Lenova Lynx, aside from being a Windows tablet, looks like a good tablet option compared to the Fire 8.9.
I am quite a fan of the K Fires, and I'm android v apple anything, so I'm looking at a situation of "either/or" or "sure, both a Fire 8.9 and a Windows convertible device".

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:34:10 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Sandra,

Many folks face the question of whether a tablet can replace a small laptop as I'm sure you realize. And for many folks with limited content creation requirements and a high priority for portability, a tablet can do the job. But I've found that one question people seldom ask is crucial in that decision. The question is whether you need multiple resizable windows on your screen. If you do, you may find the small screen and limitation to a single window at a time to be a critical restriction on most tablets.

Furthermore, although there are a number of Microsoft "emulation" apps available, (e.g. DocumentsToGo, QuickOffice Pro, etc.), they are emulations, not the genuine article. That doesn't make a big difference if your requirements are to create and edit relatively small and simply formatted documents. I've used DocumentsToGo for years, for example, with few problems. But if your requirements include complex formatting/advanced features, especially for spreadsheets or presentations, you will almost certainly encounter some problems. Likewise for extremely large documents.

I've found my iPad 2 combined with a bluetooth keyboard is an excellent solution to the problem of how to cram what I need on a small tray table in a coach seat. But it is not a device that can replace my 15" high powered laptop when I need to create documents, check the web, and manage email simultaneously.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 11:30:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 11:35:24 AM PST
tilzey says:
jsh1120,

I think you gave me the pivot I needed. I always have at least 3 tabs open, and/or a program, and email, etc. I currently have a 15.6" laptop. I prefer to downsize to 13" or so. I think I will look for a laptop for productivity (when I don't want to sit in the office and work via my desktop), and plan on using my Fire 8.9 for everything else.

Thank you, everyone!!
Each of you gave me a valuable idea to consider, and helped me arrive at my decision.
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